Sound Advice: Ty Segall and Ex-Cult at the Hi-Tone Café

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  • Annabel Mehran
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California's Ty Segall is a garage-punk prodigy who might be on a par with Jack White or Jay Reatard when it comes to inherent musicality or prolificness, though he so far lacks quite as compelling a sense of purpose as White's wounded romanticism or Reatard's now-tragic sense of self discovery.

Since emerging roughly a half-decade ago, Segall has averaged well more than an album a year, whether solo, with his touring band, alongside fellow Cali collaborator Mikal Cronin. Segall released two solo albums on Chicago's Drag City label — Hair and the possible career-best Twins — as well as a the Ty Segall Band album Slaughterhouse on Los Angeles' In the Red, a label also re-released Segall & Cronin's 2009, previously vinyl-only Reverse Shark Attack, this week. Earlier in his propulsive career, Segall released two albums — 2009's Lemons and 2010's Melted — for Memphis' Goner Records.

Here Segall is, making his national television debut, last fall on Conan O'Brien, tearing up the studio with “Thank God for Sinners,” the lead track from Twins:

Segall's Goner connections don't end with his two albums for the label. He also served as producer on the Goner debut of Memphis punk band Ex-Cult, which was recorded with Segall in San Francisco last year and was released in the fall.

Ex-Cult is now on the road with Segall and, after a low-key local record-release show late last year, return home to open for Segall at the Hi-Tone Café this Sunday, January 27th. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.


Here's Ex-Cult on the Hi-Tone stage at last year's Gonerfest:

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